living in texas right now is so scary like i dont think anyone can understand how scary it is to be in a huge drought for 13 years and then suddenly in the matter of one night have over half of texas flooded with historic records and having to have towns upon towns evacuate. it hasnt stopped raining in two weeks.

Books not to be destroyed are those on medicine and pharmacy, divination by the tortoise and milfoil, and agriculture and arboriculture.

Li Su, chief minister of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, supposedly wrote this in the

213 BCE  order that all books in the newly founded empire were to be burned. Three categories of books were viewed by Li Su to be most dangerous politically: poetry , history (Shu and especially historical records of other states than Qin), and philosophy. If people were able to read the ancient accounts of rules both good and bad, the Qin officials feared they would make unfavorable comparisons to the Qin Dynasty’s rule. Books, in short, would encourage rebellion.


On this day - 14th May 1984

President Reagan presents a Special Achievement Award to Michael in a garden ceremony at the White House in recognition of his contribution to the nation’s advertising campaign aimed at discouraging young people from drinking and driving.

Michael’s song Beat It was used by the Transportation Department in the campaign.

The inscription on the plaque reads: “To Michael Jackson with appreciation for the outstanding example you have set for the youth of America and the world. Your historic record-breakingachievements and your pre-eminence in popular music are a tribute to your creativity, dedication, and great ability. The generous contribution of your time and talent to the National Campaign Against Teenage Drunk Driving will help millions of young Americans learn that drinking and driving can kill a friendship.”

screamingbitchdragon asked:

Do the characters from the 100 know things like 9/11 and the holocaust and what not?

It depends on which characters you mean. Those who grew up on the Ark had a formal education and access to all the digital information that would have been stored on Ark computers. So history, popular media, sports, all of that would have been available to them. Similarly, those in Mount Weather would have had access to the same type of information stored on the Mount Weather computers. They also had all the historical records and documents that were rescued and preserved in the facility. The people in Mount Weather saw themselves as the keepers of the culture, so they made a concerted effort to save the knowledge and art of the past, as we saw in the show.

As for the grounders… I think I’ll have to leave that to your imagination. We simply haven’t seen enough of their society to gauge.

Not yet, anyway.

What's in a Name? A lesson in Apologetics.

Normally, my attention span for videos on the web is limited to about 2 minutes. But when I started watching this video last last night I got sucked in by Dr. Williams engaging style and watched the entire lecture. As Evangel blogger Tom Gilson says, it’s a “talk on apologetics like you’ve never heard before.”

via firstthings.com & thegospelcoalition.org

I have had a deep appreciation for apologetics ever since I was introduced to such a study a few years back. Unfortunately, it’s become a lost art within the Church today and it desperately needs to be reacquainted. Lest we begin to follow after our itching ears. While the first video is a long one, make yourself some popcorn and break out the notebook. Dr. Williams is on to something.

The Seeds of Unified Physics go back a long way in the history of scientific theory. In some of the earliest historical records of human culture we find civilizations around the world that believed in the Presence of a Unifying Field of Energy that surrounds and permeates all things. This Dynamic Energy Field provided an underlying organizing framework and was considered by some to be the Source of Life Energy within biological systems, being given such names as Chi (China/Asia), Ki (Japan), and Prana (India). In the early pursuits of Science and Physics (going as far back as Plato) it was often referred to as the Aether and was proposed to be the Medium through which Light travelled. Though it was eliminated from the general scientific paradigm in the early 20th century, the indications for an Underlying Field persists as being inherent in the Fundamentals of Physics.


Knock Knock

“The British are coming.” And Other Things Revere Didn’t Say

“The British are coming.” And Other Things Revere Didn’t Say

Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere

The American celebration of independence seems an appropriate time to ponder the opening line of, “Paul Revere’s Ride”. According to Longfellow, Revere raised the alarm and became a hero of the Revolutionary War.

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. It’s true that he made the ride, but his role has been exaggerated.

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I volunteered at an archive in Lawrence, MA for a while (I actually did a for-credit internship there, as well).  For those who aren’t familiar with Lawrence, it’s an old industrial city situated north of Boston on the Merrimack River.  Nicknamed the “Immigrant City,” it grew in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries as immigrants came from many different countries to work in the mills that were built there.  It’s population and influence declined after peaking in the first few decades of the twentieth century, and is now one of the poorest cities in Massachusetts.  For a small city, it actually has some really fascinating history, including a prominent workers’ strike in 1912. 

I processed two collections during my time at the archive: one was a family collection that included materials from throughout the twentieth century, and the other was a collection of records from a group that promoted cultural events in Lawrence during the first decade of the twenty-first century.

I really enjoyed working at this archive, although various other factors in my life have prevented me from being able to go there anymore.  One question that hardly occured to me while I worked there, but lingers in my mind now, is the way that the archive is handling more recent history.  Over the last several decades, Lawrence has become home to a large Latino population, including many immigrants from the Domincan Republic.  It is predominantly Latino today, and many of the residents speak Spanish as a first language.  I eventually began to notice, however, that the archive didn’t seem to be keeping track of many Spanish-language materials.  All of the clippings that they took from the daily newspapers were from English-language papers, and I can’t recall any Spanish-language collections being worked on while I was there.  Part of this could be due to the fact that more recent materials simply haven’t yet been donated to the archive, but I also wonder about the approach that the leadership of the archive is taking in order to acquire Spanish-language items.  I should try to get in touch with them again someday, and talk about it.  Perhaps there are initiatives being taken of which I’m not aware.  It just doesn’t make sense to me for a primarily Latino, Spanish-speaking city to have an archive that contains almost exlusively English-language materials.

For people who claim that “Hinduism has no concept of conversion!! You can’t convert to Hinduism!!!!”

“Hinduism spread itself out too, though not over as vast a region as Buddhism and not mainly through monks and missionaries. The men who carried Hinduism beyond the borders of Bharatvarsha were empire-builders and traders who conquered many regions of Southeast Asia. They took their religion with them and then popularised it among the local people. The hundreds of ancient Hindu temples in Cambodia, Indonesia, Viet­nam and elsewhere and the continuing traditions among their populations bespeak the fact that Hinduism too obtai­ned new adherents in areas far from its region of birth. The earliest historical record of Hinduism in Southeast Asia is in the island of Borneo (now divided between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei), where Sanskrit inscriptions of the late 4th century talk about the performance of Vedic sacrifices by Brahmans.

According to a Tamil commemorative inscription, Chola king Rajendra Chola I launched naval raids on Srivijaya in present-day Indonesia in 1025 AD, and conquered territories. In fact, successive Chola kings occupied coasts as far as Myanmar and Vietnam, and became dominant players in Sri Lanka through multiple invasions and occupation. (Aside: the common tale that Hindutva right-wingers often tell, of Hinduism and Hindu kingdoms going into decline around the 8th century with the beginning of Arab invasions, betrays an exclusively northern Indian Hindutva perspective; South Indian Hindu kingdoms were still reaching for the heights of culture, influence and riches in the eighth century, and were hundreds of years away from reaching their peak yet!)

It’s not just outside Bharatvarsha that Hindu religion got new adherents. Hindu proselytisation within India has also been very much part of our tradition, and this took forms ranging from Adi Shankara’s epic mission throughout India to defeat Buddhism ideologically, to what sociologist M.N. Srinivas called Sanskritisation and others call the Hinduisation of tribal societies. The ghar wapasi movement now in vogue is nothing new either; it has a history going back at least 100 years to Swami Dayananda Saraswati and his Shuddhi movement.”

Get your facts right before making sweeping generalizations

I rarely re-blog, but this one deserves being spread far and wide. Timeline of the Destruction of 100 Year Old Franklin County, NC Records Please read the whole post included above - but the gist i…

Primary sources no more…

It’s worth a visit to The Heritage Society of Franklin County, NC’s Facebook page to read more about this situation, including the Timeline of the Destruction…, noted in this blog post.

A Historical Record
My love and appreciation for wood is never ending. It is an incredibly useful material with a minimal effect on our environment. 

For centuries, wood has provided humans with shelter, warmth, tools and furniture. I find great inspiration in this long history and I like to consider earliest man interacting with the material in the most basic of ways.


Wood is imbedded with many layers of symbolism. The history of the wood, the time, the place is all apart of it. Each piece of wood has a story to tell. It keeps a record of its environment and each year brings new growth that marks its past. The rings of a tree can teach us about the environment and specific events in the trees life. It holds it’s history within and its living energy expresses it outward. In addition to the objects a craftsman creates, this imbedded history and energy is expressed, adding to its depth.


This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decades - Smithsonian Magazine

In the words of one historian, “Art and war are old companions.” The United States government proved that nearly a century ago when it commissioned eight artists to go to war. Armed with sketchpads, charcoals, pastels and little to no military training, the artists embedded with the American Expeditionary Forces and sketched everything from rolling tanks to portraits of German prisoners. The War Department coordinated the program in the hopes that the artists could provide a historical record and galvanize support for the war.

Military leaders felt that art could capture the true essence of war. So they called upon eight men from the industry and sent them to France: six book and magazine illustrators—William James Aylward (1875-1956), Walter Jack Duncan (1881-1941), Harvey Thomas Dunn (1884-1952), George Matthews Harding (1882-1959), Wallace Morgan (1875-1948), Harry Everett Townsend (1879-1941), one an architect and etcher J. André Smith (1880-1959), and one “pure artist” Ernest Clifford Peixotto (1869-1940). The military made them captains in the Army Corps of Engineers and gave them free range. “They could go anywhere they wanted to go,” says historian Alfred Cornebise, author of Art from the Trenches: America’s Uniformed Artists in World War I.

Throughout 1918, prior to the war’s end in November, the artists produced some 700 works, ranging from charcoal sketches to completed ink or watercolor compositions. Bart Hacker, a curator at the National Museum of American History, says the artists depicted four types of scenes: soldier life (washing up, meal time); combat, aftermaths of war (destroyed churches, devastated fields); and technology. In one image, wounded men carry the fallen through trenches and barbed wire. In another, soldiers on horseback travel through a destroyed French village. Notably, Hacker says, the artists did not depict dead bodies.While WWI marked the first time that the U.S. government commissioned artists to capture a war effort, though the program did not start until late in the war, the concept was well established abroad. “Every belligerent [nation] during the war established art programs,” Hacker says. “They were all recognizing that this was a world historical event and that picturing it for posterity was something really important.”Still, the official American paintings and drawings differed from the European ones, not all of which were government commissions. Whereas European artists were portraying “expressionist and emotional reactions to the war,” says Elizabeth Prelinger, an art history professor at Georgetown University, the American artists “were over there in a much more documentary way.”Prelinger notes the similar style in the American works, despite having come from the hands of eight different artists, and likens them to illustrations in American advertising from that period.The artists sent finished works to their headquarters at Chaumont, France, and from there the paintings went to the War Department in Washington, D.C. The government exhibited some of the works right away, while it held others back, giving the artists time to complete them at a later date.For many of the artworks, that date never came. On January 28, 1920, the War Department delivered the bulk of the collection to the Smithsonian, which exhibited them shortly after, before putting them in storage around 1929. Other than during a brief exhibition in the 1950s and temporary lending, the works have remained tucked away ever since.This summer marks the centennial of the start of WWI and there remains an air of mystery around the art program and resulting collection. “It deserves more attention,” Cornebise says. “This would be a fantastic time for people to understand that this art is still there.”Perhaps that time is not far away. The American History Museum has digitized the collection and may include some of the works in an upcoming exhibition, scheduled for 2017. Also, a paperback version of Cornebise’s book on the artists comes out next month.The New Britain Museum of American Art has a collection of paintings and drawings that one of the artists, Harry Everett Townsend, made during the program. The South Dakota Art Museum has works by Harvey Dunn, also one of the artists, and will be featuring them in a new exhibition opening this Saturday, August 16, titled “Harvey Dunn: The Complete Collection.

All pictures are from the gallery with the article, where you can find more pictures